The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

Pub with rooms in Faringdon, Oxfordshire

From £90 per night

Curator's notes:

  • Isolated rural setting beside Thames
  • Fabulous waterside garden
  • Cosy, refurbished rooms
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Speak to us on +44 (0)20 8161 0100


Nestled deep within the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, this 17th century riverside inn celebrates the very best of British country life. Surrounded by fields and with the river Thames flowing just outside the door, the menus make the most of fresh fish and local game, while the cosy bar and boutique guest rooms are the perfect place to relax in classic Cotswold comfort.

It is well placed to explore the upper reaches of the river, whether sailing along it (there are four moorings reserved for guests) or following the tow path that runs alongside it. It's also a great base for exploring pretty villages, including the market town that features in the period BBC drama Downton Abbey, and the wider countryside for walking, cycling and horse riding adventures. And don't miss the opportunity for a spot of fly fishing in the gin-clear waters of local chalkstreams.

Rooms from

Classic: £90
Family: £110

Good to know

  • Visa and Mastercard accepted
  • Parking available
  • Disabled access
  • £15 dog stay charge

Water and waves
The river Thames flows right by the door, making The Trout an excellent spot for fly-fishing, sailing or canal-boating.

Dogs are welcome to join you in the bar are and can stay overnight in the three courtyard rooms, dog beds and bowls are available, too.


In keeping with the fabulous waterfront location, each of The Trout's six stylish guest rooms is named after a fishing fly and many boast stunning views across the river.

Set in a tranquil rose-covered courtyard and decorated in calming hues of blue and gold, with vintage furnishings, large brass beds and rain showers or claw-foot bathtubs, this is the ultimate in Cotswolds comfort.

Restaurant & bar

With the river Thames on the doorstep, naturally The Trout's menus are brimming with fresh fish dishes. The team catch the crayfish ourselves using their very own river pots, which are set in the river and nearby chalkstreams.

The menu also reflects the produce found in nearby forests and fields, so you'll always find plenty of hearty pub classics and more creative plates of local game to tuck into - washed down nicely with a pint of real ale or a bottle from the carefully chosen wine list.

Private dining

The Trout is fully licensed wedding venue - a wooden gazebo forms the perfect space for an outdoor ceremony, there is space to host a Champagne reception in the romantic riverside garden and the team can cater a full wedding breakfast in the restaurant. The garden can be used for other private events and there is beatuiful a 17th century private dining room that can seat guests in elegant surrounds for an exclusive dinner party.

Things to do

Located in the idyllic Oxfordshire Costwolds, an area known for its breathtaking scenery, pretty villages and open countryside. The area is rich in wildlife due to its location in the upper Thames floodplain whose traditional wildflower meadows are home to rare wading birds, butterflies and flowers such as meadow foxtails and green-winged orchids. Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens, the largest privately owned zoo in the UK, is less than 10 miles away.

For a culture fix, head to Buscot Park, which features one of the finest art collections in the country; Ashdown House, which was built for the "Winter Queen" - Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia - in 1662; Kelmscott Manor, the home of William Morris who founded the Arts and Crafts movement; or simply take a stroll around the charming market town of Bampton, which doubles as the village in the period drama Downton Abbey. Alternatively, make your way to Oxford, the "city of dreaming spires", to explore its historic architecture.

Getting here


Nearest train station: Long Hanborough
Taxi from station: 25min
Drive: 30min from Oxford, 30min from Swindon, 2hr from London


Buckland Marsh, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8RF

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